Christian Sites in the Galilee

Capernaum – Jesus and Peter’s Town

Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee was the site of a thriving Jewish community in the 2nd Temple, Roman and Byzantine periods.  Today it is a both a major Christian pilgrimage site and an important archaeological site under the auspices of the Franciscan Order.  The name Capernaum is a Greek rendering of the Hebrew Kfar Nachum, meaning village of Nachum.  Medieval Jewish traditions associate it with the burial place of the biblical prophet Nachum.

In the Gospels according to Mathew and Mark, Jesus meets the fishermen Simon Peter, Andrew his brother and later James and John the sons of Zebedee by the lake shore in Capernaum and recruits them by offering to make them “fishers of men”.  Later, according to Mark, he would preach in the synagogue and then set out to revive a dead girl with words “talitakumi”.

The archaeological remains of Capernaum include the ruins of a 3rd century C.E. synagogue; two Byzantine churches, one octagonal in shape, referred to as Peter’s House, residential buildings, olive presses, a variety of elegant architectural elements and various Greek and Aramaic inscriptions.

The site is reasonably accessible with wheelchairs

Getting There

On Road 87 (the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee) just west of Kfar Nachum Junction (with Road 90)

Opening hours

8:00 – 16:50

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